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9/24/2016 12:01:00 AM
NC Author Shares Story of Award-Winning Memoir For National Alzheimer's Month
(Above) Ann Campanella with her book Motherhood: Lost and Found which was released September 22 on E-Book.
(Above) Ann Campanella with her book
Motherhood: Lost and Found which was
released September 22 on E-Book.
(Bottom) Ann and her baby daughter share a special moment with her mother.(Photo Used by Permission of Ann Campanella)

(Bottom) Ann and her baby daughter
share a special moment with her mother.

(Photo Used by Permission of Ann Campanella)


Remember that November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. By 2020, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 190,000 people in North Carolina will have the disease. 

Press Release


Charlotte-area author Ann Campanella and her family spent over 10 years caring for her mother who developed Alzheimer’s in her mid70s. They were just one of the families caring for the 5.4 million people with Alzheimer’s in the United States. By 2020, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 190,000 people in North Carolina will have the disease. Campanella hopes to reach out and provide hope for these families through her memoir Motherhood: Lost and Found, which tells the story of her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s.

At age 30, Ann Campanella returned to her home state of North Carolina ready to build a horse farm and start a family. Campanella’s foundation was shaken when she experienced multiple miscarriages at the same time her mother spiraled into Alzheimer’s. The author’s devotion to her family and her horse Crimson sustained her as her mother’s illness progressed and her own window of potential motherhood began to close.

Campanella never imagined that she would lose her mother to Alzheimer’s. “I didn’t realize until she got sick, how I had depended on her,” says the author. “She had always been there for me.”

For Campanella, those 10 years of her mother’s illness were a lonely time. “Most people couldn’t relate to the emptiness I was feeling,” she says. That’s one reason why she decided to write her story. “I wanted others to have an emotional roadmap to the journey of losing someone to Alzheimer’s,” says Campanella.

“Everyone’s story is different,” says Campanella. There were stories within the stories – some good and some very difficult, says the author. Campanella hopes to shine a light on the dark places of this disease and encourage others who facing pain and loss.  

Campanella’s memoir, published by Divine Phoenix in conjunction with Pegasus Book, will be released on Kindle on Sept. 22. It is currently available on Amazon for pre-orders. Motherhood: Lost and Found was named a finalist in the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit independent book awards.  

In honor of her mother, Elizabeth Williams, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia nonprofit organizations during the month of November.

The voice in Ann’s memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found has been called constant and abiding, her imagery indelible. Her graceful, exacting language rises above the grief of infertility and the struggle to care for aging parents, connecting the reader ultimately to the heartbeat and resilience of the human experience.



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“Ann Campanella’s Motherhood: Lost and Found is a chronicle of family tragedy and triumph told in some of the most truly lyrical writing you’ll ever encounter. She writes of grief and loss with heart wrenching honesty but without sentimentality then adds humor in such unexpected places I found myself laughing and crying all on the same page. This is the best memoir I’ve read in years....”- Judith Minthorn Stacy, author of Maggie Sweet, winner of the Carolina Novel Award

“Ann Campanella’s Motherhood: Lost and Found records the ordinary and extraordinary courage of those who must endure debilitating, even crushing illness and those who must suffer with them while they do so. Here is bravery, patience, reconciliation, and -- at long last -- hope. I found this story valuable in an intensely personal way. I think others readers will find it so too.”- Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina

This memoir was a finalist in the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit independent book awards.

September 22 marked the E-Book release (https://www.amazon.com/Motherhood-Lost-Found-Ann-Campanella-ebook/dp/B01L30NTYY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1472304621&sr=8-6&keywords=motherhood%3A+lost+and+found) where a portion of book proceeds, along with the paperback edition will help support the rotating causes. Published by Divine Phoenix Books with Pegasus Books in conjunction with The Bridge.

About the Author --- A former magazine and newspaper editor, Ann is the author of several collections of poetry including the award-winning What Flies Away and the award winning memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found.  Her work has been published in local and national journals and anthologies. She lives on a small horse farm in North Carolina with her family and animals. Learn more about Ann Campanella at www.anncampanella.com



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